Kadlec nurses spend all day voting on whether or not to strike
RICHLAND, Wash. — Kadlec nurses spent all day Tuesday voting on whether or not to strike.
The voting will continue on to tomorrow. From there, the votes will be counted and the decision will be released. From there, the matter will get sent up to the Washington State Nurses Association cabinet, who will decide when to strike, how long to strike for, etc.
For over a year, the nurses have been negotiating with the hospital for a new contract. The two sides have had 15 unsuccessful bargaining meetings, including five with a mediator.
The nurses say they are fighting Kadlec for safe staffing, added workplace safety provisions and maintenance of benefits they have earned.
Kadlec released the following statement earlier today:
While we are disappointed the union is holding a strike vote, we respect their right to do so. We remain actively bargaining in good faith and hopeful we can come to an agreement. Kadlec has a 75-year commitment of caring for our community and we will continue to do so. We’re proud of that commitment and of the proposals we’ve provided to our nurses. This includes market-leading compensation with an average salary of $78,000 and 5 to 7 weeks of paid time off, among other benefits. We look forward to coming to an agreement with the nurses as we continue to care for our community together.
Voting starts tomorrow at 8 a.m. and finishes at 10 p.m. Results will be released shortly after.